Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: It’s a Man’s World: Masculinity in Film, TV, and Media

In his social history of manhood in the U.S., Michael Kimmel acknowledges that men have authored more historical accounts than women, however, “American men have no history of themselves as men.” Kimmel’s call for an examination of manhood as a distinct experience and facet of national history sheds an interesting light on the myriad films, television series, and social movements that explore masculinity today.

As television’s patriarchs die off, does this also signal the end of patriarchy in our culture? Can one actually “dismantle patriarchy while centering on the lives and stories of men?” How does this captivation with flawed masculinity magnify the absence of powerful women in narratives as well as within the television, film, and media industries? This area invites 20-minute papers that investigate masculinity in film, television, and media through the conference theme of “Journeys, Detours, and Breakdowns.”

Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by June 1, 2015, to the area chair:

Molly McCourt
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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